Activities

Sunday, March 24, 2019

(Please visit this page periodically for more details to the schedule)

Get settled in your accommodation at the Hotel Newton, 2528 Broadway at 95th Street,

(212) 678-6500. Guests may begin checking in at 1:00 PM.

4:30 PM 

Arrival

Open House attendees arrive at Columbia and pick up information packets at the Physics Department, 704 Pupin (7th floor).

4:45 PM

Graduate Student Trivia, 8th Floor Theory Center in Pupin Hall

*Refreshments and snacks will be served*

5:45 PM

Meet for Dinner

All Open House attendees are invited to attend a group dinner with current grad students - a chance to talk candidly about graduate student life at Columbia and in the Physics Department.

Meet on the 8th Floor in the Theory Center at the conclusion of the graduate student talk at 5:45 PM. Also recall that on Sunday you can only get to Pupin by entering at the main campus entrance on 116th Street (and Broadway or Amsterdam Ave).

Your hosts will be current graduate students (Dhruv Desai, Aden Lam, Giuliano Chiriaco, Barbara Santiago, Roman Berens, and Elena Busch)

Restaurant: Amity Hall NYC located at 982 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 (Between 108th and 109th Streets and Amsterdam Avenue)

MONDAY, March 25, 2019

(Tentative Schedule)

8:00 AM

You’re invited to Columbia Spectra’s Prospective Students Breakfast for underrepresented students in physics. Spectra is a society for diversity and inclusion in our department. Please join us for breakfast to chat with current grad students!

Location: 809 Pupin (I.I. Rabi Room)

 

8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Breakfast

Buffet continental breakfast in room 705 Pupin Hall. There will be coffee, tea, bagels, etc., served.

9:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Presentations About the Graduate Program in Physics

9:15   Welcome from Professor Robert Mawhinney, Chair of the Columbia Physics Department

9:20 - 10:00 Research - Review of Doctoral Program: Professor Alberto Nicolis, Director of Graduate Studies

10:00 - 10:05 Introduction by Physics Graduate Council (PGC)

10:05 - 10:15 Coffee Break/ Reimbursement Matters

During this time students anticipating reimbursement must visit the Business Office in 704 Pupin and provide Sonnia Andrade with W9 form for US citizens and W8 form along with corresponding documents for international visitors.

 

10:15 - 12:00 PM - Presentations on research being done in the department.

  • Room Location # 1 (705 Pupin Hall)
    • 10:15 AM - Professor Tanya Zelevinsky,  Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
    • 11:00 AM - Professor Ana Asenjo Garcia, Condensed Matter Physics
  • Room Location # 2 (814 Pupin Hall)
    • 10:15 AM - Professor Yuri Levin, Astrophysics
    • 11:00 AM - Professor Gustaaf Brooijmans, Particle Physics

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

Buffet lunch in 705 Pupin with faculty.

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Physics Department Colloquium 12:30 PM in 800 Pupin

Speaker: Sowjanya Gollapinni - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Title: "Unlocking the Mysteries of Neutrinos with the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment"

Abstract:

Neutrinos provide a promising window to probe a wide range of fundamental physics. Neutrino related discoveries in the last two decades indicate that the answer to the most sought after question of why we live in a matter-dominated universe maybe within reach.

1:40 PM - 3:00 PM

VERITAS/ CTA Group Meeting in 705 Pupin (Optional)

Professor Brian Humensky has extended an invitation to attend his group meeting

 

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 1 (Optional)

Current grad students, Emily Tiberi and Barbara Cruvinel Santiago, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 1:50 PM where the hosts will take the group to their apartment.

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Faculty Office Hours

We will arrange for office hours to meet with faculty as per your indicated interests.  The office hours will be available in your packet.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tours of Pupin Labs (Optional)

Visits to the AMO labs

Sebastian Will lab tour will be from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tanya Zekevinsky lab tour will be from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Experimental astrophysics labs (Hailey, Marka and Aprile).

Szabi Marka lab tour will be from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Chuck Hailey lab tour will be from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Elena Aprile lab tour will be from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Condensed Matter research labs

Abhay Pasupathy lab tour will be from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Cory Dean lab tour will be from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dmitri Bassov lab tour will be from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

2:10 PM - 3:15 PM

Theory Seminar 2:10 PM  in Theory Center (8th Floor Pupin)

Speaker:  Bharat Ratra - Kansas State University

Title: "Cosmological Seed Magnetic Field from Inflation"

Abstract:

A cosmological magnetic field of nG strength on Mpc length scales could be the seed magnetic field needed to explain observed few microG large-scale galactic magnetic fields. I first briefly review the observational and theoretical motivations for such a seed field, two galactic magnetic field amplification models, and some non-inflationary seed field generation scenarios. I then discuss an inflation magnetic field generation model. I conclude by mentioning possible extensions of this model as well as potentially observable consequences.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 2 (Optional)

Current grad student, Benjamin Gilbert, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 2:50 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

3:30 PM - 4:10 PM

Coffee Hour on 7th Floor Pupin - Graduate Student Lounge Room (Optional)

 

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 3 (Optional)

Current grad student, Claire Warner, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 4:05 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

Visit Grad Student Housing - Tour # 4 (Optional)

Current grad student, Dhruv Desai, will hold open house Monday afternoon from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Feel free to pay a visit on your own during these hours. All interested individuals should meet outside 704 Pupin at 4:20 PM where the host will take the group to their apartment.

6:00 PM

Farewell Reception with current graduate students and faculty

This is an opportunity to chat with faculty and students in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Meet across from 704 Pupin by the graduate student lounge room on the 7th floor at 5:45 PM to meet with group. Graduate students, (Dhruv Desai, Ben Gilbert, Aden Lam, Giuliano Chiriaco, Barbara Santiago, Luke Krauth, Roman Berens, Claire Warner, and Guanhao Sun), will escort the group to the reception.

Restaurant: Le Monde located at 2885 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 (Between 112th and 113th Streets)